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2021 Audi RS 3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 14, 2021

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The 2021 Audi RS 3 comes is available in a well-equipped single trim priced at an MSRP of $56,200. The 2021 RS 3 is a carry-forward model with no changes as it is the last model year of the current generation. The RS 3 the starting RS model out of all RS models on offer, and like them offers a good amount of performance as it comes powered by a 2.5L turbocharged inline-5 engine making 394hp and does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds.

The interior of the Audi RS 3 is performance-focused but also offers a lot of comfort options like heated sports seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and perforated Nappa leather upholstery. That said, the 2021 Audi RS 3 comes into direct competition with the BMW M2 Competition and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.


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Pros

Great cabin experience

Easy-to-use infotainment system

Strong acceleration and grip

Cons

The ride is harsh in some situation

Cramped rear seats

Small cargo space

What's New?

Carry forward model with no changes


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$56200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

151 cu.in.

horsepower

394 hp @ 5850 rpm

torque

354 lb.-ft.. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

7-speed Dual-Clutch

dimensions

wheelbase

103.6 in.

length

176.3 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

55 in.

curb weight

3593 lbs.

ground clearance

4.29 in.

capacity

passenger volume

86 cu ft.

cargo volume

1 cu ft.

payload capacity

992 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.1 sec.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Audi RS 3 Review video

Trims

Base $56,200 onwards

394 hp @ 5850 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 5 | Intercooled turbo premium unleaded

  • Audi Pre Sense Front & Audi Pre Sense Basic
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Full LED Headlights

Colors and Styles

2021 Audi RS 3 in Nardo Gray color 2021 Audi RS 3 in Ara Blue Crystal Effect color 2021 Audi RS 3 in Daytona Gray Matte Effect color
Nardo Gray

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.5

Competition

9.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Audi succeeded in elevating the RS 3 far beyond the run-of-the-mill A3, producing a genuinely special driver's delight in the process - MotorTrend

The 2021 Audi RS 3 is available in a single well-equipped trim priced at an MSRP of $56,200, before the destination charges of $1,045. The RS 3 can be financed for $1,112 per month for a duration of 60 months, with an APR of 5.01% and a down payment of $2,000. If you want to lease, the RS 3 can be leased for $709/month for 42 months with $9,190 due at signing.

Money matters aside, the 2021 Audi RS 3 is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged inline-5 which makes 395 hp and does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. The RS 3 interior is performance-oriented with comfort features with heated sports seats with Nappa leather upholstery and RS branding. There is also a retractable infotainment unit and available virtual cockpit (instrument cluster). Safety features include Audi Pre-sense, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, and many more.

2021 Audi RS 3 Sedan Front View
2021 Audi RS 3 Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Pricing and Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.5/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Audi RS 3 Pricing and Features

8.0/10

The 2021 Audi RS3 is available in a single trim priced at an MSRP of $56,200. The 2021 Audi RS3 is the last model year of the current generation as the new RS3 will be released for the next model starting a new generation, which is currently undergoing testing at the Nurburgring.

The 2021 Audi RS 3 comes powered by a 2.5L turbocharged Inline-5 engine with power going to the Quattro AWD system. As this is an RS model all the equipment is performance-focused and includes some of the best features Audi has including many RS branded parts.

Model

Standard Audi RS3

MSRP

$56,200

Key Features

Panoramic sunroof

 

RS branded sport seats in Fine Nappa leather with contrast diamond stitching

 

Full LED headlights

 

LED taillights with dynamic rear indicators

 

Leather or Alcantara steering wheel

 

MMI touch

 

Audi pre sense basic


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2021 Audi RS 3 Buying Advice

At an MSRP of $56,200, the 2021 Audi RS 3 is a well-equipped package with heated seats, perforated Nappa upholstery, a powerful 2.5L engine, and a Quattro system. so we recommend getting one. But we will tell you to get in Nardo Gray and the technology package.


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2021 Audi RS 3 Engine and Performance

6.5/10

If there's one thing that isn't in question with the RS 3, it's performance - Edmunds

The 2021 Audi RS3 Sedan comes with a 2.5L turbocharged Inline-5 which makes 394hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch S Triptronic automatic transmission which directs all the power of the famous Quattro AWD system. The Quattro AWD system gives it one of the best driving dynamics in the industry.

The 2021 Audi RS 3 does the 0-60 sprint in 3.9 seconds which is faster than the BMW M2 Competition and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, both set a time of 4.0 seconds. The 2021 RS 3 will achieve an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and comes with the option to increase to top speed limiter to 174 mph.

Model

2021 Audi RS 3 Sedan

2021 BMW M2 Competition

2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

MSRP

$56,200

$58,900

$54,800

Engine

2.5L Turbocharged I5

3.0L Twin-turbocharged I6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed Automatic

6-speed Manual

8-speed Automatic

Power (HP@RPM)

394 hp @ 6000 RPM

405 hp @ 5230 RPM

382 hp

Torque (lb.-ft @ RPM)

354 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM 

406 lb-ft @ 2350 RPM

354 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM

0-60 MPH

3.9 sec.

4.0 sec.

4.0 sec.

Quarter Mile

N/A

12.4 sec.

N/A

Top Speed

155 MPH

156 MPH

155 MPH

The BMW M2 Competition makes 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque and is the most powerful of the above-performance cars. Then comes the Audi RS 3 making 394 followed by the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 making 382 hp, which is the least of the above cars. The RS 3 and AMG CLA 45 make the same 354 lb-ft of torque.


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2021 Audi RS 3 Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The 2021 Audi RS 3 gives an EPA estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and a combined 23 mpg. The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 gives the same combined mpg while offering 1 mpg more in the city and on the highway, and the BMW M2 Competition offers 3 mpg less combined.

Model

2021 Audi RS 3 Sedan

2021 BMW M2 Competition

2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

MPG (City)

19

18

20

MPG (Highway)

28

25

29

MPG (Combined)

23

20

23

Fuel Capacity 

14.5 gallons

13.7 gallons

13.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

275/406/333 miles

247/343/274 miles

270/392/310 miles

The Audi RS 3 sedan comes equipped with a 14.5-gallon fuel tank which is bigger than the BMW M2 Competition and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45's fuel tanks, and this also allows the 2021 RS 3 to have a better range than the competition as well.


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2021 Audi RS 3 Interior

8.0/10

It's a well-built cabin with plenty of tech features and more than a few surprises - Car And Driver

The 2021 Audi RS 3's interior comes with space for 5 occupants on the inside. The front row seats are 10-way manually adjustable heated sports seats that come with perforated Nappa leather upholstery with diamond stitching in contrasting color and RS embossed branding with Audi's aluminum trim as interior accents, it's what you expect from a $56,200 performance sedan.

The rest of the interior surfaces are draped in Alcantara and leatherette and there are many RS badges, the most seen one is on the multifunction flat-bottomed steering wheel. For added comfort dual-zone climate control is fitted standard. The 2021 Audi RS 3 comes with a cargo capacity of 10 cu.ft. which is lesser than the BMW M2 Competition and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.

Model

2021 Audi RS 3 Sedan

2021 BMW M2 Competition

2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

Seating Capacity

5

4

5

Front Row (Headroom/ Shoulder Room/Legroom) in inches

36.5/54.8/41.2

40.1/53.4/41.5

38.5/55.1/41.8

Second Row (Headroom/ Shoulder Room/Legroom) in inches

36.1/53.0/35.1

30.1/54.4/33.0

35.7/54.0/33.9

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

10.0 13.8 11.6

The 2021 Audi RS 3 comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display which has a bit of theater to it, when the car starts it rises up from the center of the dashboard. The system runs on Audi's MMI system that can be navigated using the rotary knob on the center console or by touch. 

Infotainment features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. There is an optional technology package that adds navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, handwriting recognition, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster called Virtual Cockpit, and the optional phone box which adds a wireless charger and signal booster.


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2021 Audi RS 3 basic Sedan steering wheel

2021 Audi RS 3 Exterior

9.5/10

RS models have their own design language, and the RS3 is no different - CarBuzz

The 2021 Audi RS 3 is a more aggressively designed Audi A3 and features glared fenders, wide air intakes, a black honeycomb grille with the base of the grille surround reading Quattro, a slightly longer front splitter, LED headlights including LED DRLs completes the front fascia. The roof features a Panoramic Sunroof.

2021 Audi RS 3 Sedan

The side features black mirror cases and black window surrounds and as you go to the rear you see black lip spoiler LED taillights, a back diffuser, and RS Spec and branded dual exhausts on either side of it. The car is completed with a set of 19-inch titanium finish wheels with summer tires. Paints options are many including the famous Nardo Grey.

Model

2021 Audi RS 3 Sedan

2021 BMW M2 Competition

2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

Curb weight

3593 lbs.

3600 lbs.

3660 lbs.

Length (in)

176.3

176.2

184.8

Width (in)

70.7

73.0

73.1

Height (in)

55.0

55.5

55.4

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

4.6

3.9

Wheelbase (in)

103.6

106.0

107.4

In terms of dimensions, The 2021 Audi RS 3 measures 176.3-inches in length, 70.7-inches in width, and comes with a wheelbase of 103.6-inches. The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 is longer by 8.5-inches in length, 3.8-inches in the wheelbase, and wider by 2.4-inches. The BMW M2 Competition also is wider by 2.3-inches and is longer by 2.4-inches in wheelbase.


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2021 Audi RS 3 basic Sedan left side view

2021 Audi RS 3 Safety

The 2021 Audi RS 3 has not yet been rated by the NHTSA or the IIHS. As it is the carry forward model with no changes, the 2020 A3 model, which the RS3 is based on, has an overall 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA with the 2020 RS3 just being tested for rollover. The IIHS has not tested the 2020 RS3, but awarded the 2020 A3 Top Safety Pick. 

When it comes to 2021 RS 3's safety features, there are many including Audi's Pre-sense, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, multiple airbags, Pre Sense collision preparation with seat belt pretensioners, and a few more. There is the option for additional rear side airbags, lane keeps assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.


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2021 Audi RS 3 Competition

9.0/10

2021 Audi RS 3 vs 2021 BMW M2 Competition

The BMW M2 Competition comes with more power but offers lesser performance, lesser fuel economy numbers, and less space on the interior than the Audi RS3. However, it does offer more trunk space and a manual transmission for those who would want more driver engagement. The Audi is also more affordable than the BMW, making it a better option.

 

2021 BMW M2 Competition

2021 Audi RS 3 vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 comes with less power and slightly less performance as well, but it offers better mpg numbers and more trunk space. However, the interior of the Mercedes is one of the best interiors available in the business and is also cheaper than the Audi RS 3, making the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 a much better option.

 

2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

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2021 Audi RS 3 Final Verdict

The 2021 Audi RS 3 comes with a good amount of power and offers better performance when compared to the competition. However, this is the last model year of the current generation and as of now the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 is a good option to consider till the next generation arrives.

 

2021 Audi RS 3 FAQs:

How much is the 2021 Audi RS 3?

The 2021 Audi RS 3 is priced at a starting MSRP of $56,200.

Does the 2021 Audi RS 3 come with a manual transmission?

No, the 2021 Audi RS 3 does not come with a manual transmission, it is available with a 7-speed dual-clutch S Tronic Automatic Transmission.

Is the 2021 Audi RS 3 twin-turbocharged?

No, the 2021 Audi RS 3 is not twin-turbocharged, however, it has a turbocharged engine. 

How much power does the 2021 Audi RS 3 make?

The 2021 Audi RS 3 makes 394 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

What are the changes to the 2021 Audi RS 3?

There are no changes made to the 2021 Audi RS 3 from the 2020 model as this is the last model year of the current generation.

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